Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
May 1, 2020
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Long-Term Personal Photography Project: From Concept to Audience"
June 14-18, 2020
 

This retreat will lead participants through the steps of research and decision-making to create photographic work that is authentic with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibition and publication. When an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce new work overtakes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding the desired audience and the impact of the project are critical to achieving the results you desire. Swanson will bring relevant examples from her personal research library to share, and all participants will receive a custom-produced booklet of current resources. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Virginia Swanson
Cost: $1,075 tuition + meals (lodging additional)
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Box Making for Artists"
July 13-16, 2020
 

Whether you’re interested in creating a space to keep an artist book, your prints, or other ephemera you’ve created or collected, this workshop offers an introduction to building and covering box structures. Learn how to design and assemble a clamshell portfolio box, slip case, and specimen box. Focusing on a different type of box each day, demonstrations and instructor-led exercises build skill progressively. Gain hands-on practice selecting materials, such as book cloth and decorative paper, and using proper technique to build and cover boxes. Melissa provides individualized instruction and feedback throughout the making process, as well as in in-progress and final critiques. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Melissa Wagner-Lawler, redthreadletterpress.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The Photographic Book"
July 17-18, 2020
 

This workshop demystifies the process of creating a photographic book. Whether you’re interested in putting together a book of favorite photographs or embarking on a conceptual project to feature and distribute your work, learn how to develop a book from the making of photographs to the final product of a bound volume. Guided instruction provides you with hands-on practice editing, sequencing, and designing layout, while discussions address options for physically printing and binding a book after the workshop concludes. Come prepared with a grouping of photographs or body of work. A computer with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, and InDesign is required. Open to all levels; previous experience with these programs is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Barbara Diener, www.BarbaraDienerPhotography.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Bend, OR. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Suminagashi Marbling: From Patterned Paper to Finished Painting"
July 23-25, 2020
 

Explore this fascinating Japanese paper marbling technique using water-based boku. The name suminagashi literally means spilled ink. Liz will teach you to create intricate, patterned rice papers using this ancient method and then learn how to use these papers to build gorgeous layered collages and finished paintings using acrylic paints. Liz will provide students with examples, suggestions, and plenty of feedback in this one-of-a-kind workshop. No prior marbling experience needed, but participants should have basic acrylic painting skills. Liz’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and the North Light publications AcrylicWorks4 and AcrylicWorks6.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Liz Walker
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art of the Picture Book"
August 9-14, 2020
 

Children's books are simple. Anyone can create one, right? But looks are deceiving. Picture books are a uniquely challenging and potent art form, where both words and images work in tandem to create a story. For anyone eager to acquire or deepen the necessary skills--from inception of an idea to a working manuscript—Art of the Picture Book is an ideal opportunity. Award-winning author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh is the author of many titles, including Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and The Coyote, and The Princess and the Warrior. His latest book, Soldier For Equality, received an honorable mention for writing from the Pura Belpré Award earlier this year.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Duncan Tonatiuh
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Photographing Your Artwork with a Smartphone"
September 12, 2020
 

This professional development workshop prepares you for submitting high-quality digital images of your artwork to juried exhibitions, galleries, and other professional opportunities. Using a smartphone, learn how to photograph your two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork, adjust digital images for proper white balance, and size images following specific guidelines using basic editing software.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Successfully Promoting Your Work"
October 24, 2020
 

This professional development workshop is designed to outline various methods for promoting your work and practice. Topics such as building relationships with galleries, finding group exhibitions, and publication opportunities, both online and in print, are addressed. In addition to an outline of opportunities in the field, a variety of strategies are discussed to customize the outcomes of your professional goals on a regional, national, or international platform.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Maximizing the Impact of Your CV, Statement, Bio, and Cover Letters"
October 24, 2020
 

Create or improve the effectiveness of your professional documents in this hands-on workshop. Discuss strategies for developing and maximizing each document. Ample time is dedicated to writing and workshopping solid first drafts of your artist statement and bio. Multiple approaches are presented so that you can design a statement and bio that best aligns with your artwork.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith, www.TrinaMaySmithArt.com
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art Lecture Series"
February 9-11, 2021
 

Three informative lectures on marketing yourself, your work, and your brand presented by Kate Burridge. Want to sell your Art? Kate will answer your questions - "Do this! ... not that," is the focus of these workshops, all geared to help you be a successfully selling artist. February 9: Artist Self-Promotion, Websites & Social Media. February 10: Basic Training: Pricing, Commissions and Solo Exhibitions. February 11: Working with Galleries.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Kate Burridge
Cost: $125 for Members | $155 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


 

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